Proverbs 20:15
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English Standard Version
There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

King James Bible
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

American Standard Version
There is gold, and abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is gold, and a multitude of jewels: but the lips of knowledge are a precious vessel.

English Revised Version
There is gold, and abundance of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Webster's Bible Translation
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

9 Who can say I have made my heart clean,

   I am pure from my sins?

It is the same thought that Solomon expresses in his prayer at the consecration of the temple, 1 Kings 8:46 : there is no man who sinneth not. To cleanse his heart (as Psalm 73:13), is equivalent to to empty it, by self-examination and earnest effort after holiness, of all impure motives and inclinations; vid., regarding זכה, to be piercing, shining brightly, cloudlessly pure, Fleischer in Levy's Chald. Wrterbuch, i. 424. The consequence of זכּות is, becoming pure; and the consequence of זכּות לב, i.e., of the purifying of the heart, the being pure from sinful conduct: I have become pure from my sins, i.e., from such as I might fall into by not resisting temptations; the suffix is not understood as actual, but as potential, like Psalm 18:24. No one can boast of this, for man's knowledge of himself and of his sins remains always limited (Jeremiah 17:9.; Psalm 19:13); and sin is so deeply rooted in his nature (Job 14:4; Job 15:14-16), that the remains of a sinful tendency always still conceal themselves in the folds of his heart, sinful thoughts still cross his soul, sinful inclinations still sometimes by their natural force overcome the moral resistance that opposes them, and stains of all kinds still defile even his best actions.

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Proverbs 3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you can desire are not to be compared to her.

Proverbs 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Proverbs 10:20,21 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth...

Proverbs 15:7,23 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish does not so...

Proverbs 16:16,21,24 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!...

Proverbs 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover on an obedient ear.

Job 28:12-19 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding...

Ecclesiastes 12:9-11 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he gave good heed, and sought out...

Romans 10:14,15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard...

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying...

Cross References
Job 28:18
No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls.

Proverbs 20:14
"Bad, bad," says the buyer, but when he goes away, then he boasts.

Proverbs 20:16
Take a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.

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